British Marine Federation (BMF) member Henri Lloyd was honoured today (Tuesday 17 November) for its commitment to environmentally friendly products. The prestigious DAME -Design Awards METS also awarded special mentions to three other BMF members, Kelvin Hughes, Musto and McMurdo.
Rob Stevens, Chief Executive for BMF offered his congratulations to the four British companies: “Once again, BMF member companies are demonstrating the strength of design and innovation in the UK. The DAME awards are highly prestigious awards and to have four British winners, plus 10 British companies shortlisted is a tremendous achievement. Henri Lloyd has also proved its commitment to greener manufacturing and shown how environmentally friendly products can work well with innovation and design development.”
Henri Lloyd scooped the highly sought after special certificate for ‘Most ECO-Friendly’ products, along with winning the Clothing and Crew accessories category. The prize was awarded for its Blue Eco Jacket which, along with the Hi Fit trousers, is recycled and recyclable and is a showcase product in Henri Lloyd’s mission to become a greener manufacturing company. The launch of this Blue Eco Range saw the Manchester based company become the first international marine clothing company to engage in an infinite recycling programme.
Paul Strzelecki, Joint Chief Executive of Henri Lloyd, who had the honour of receiving both awards, said “This is a our second consecutive Category win, which is a great testament to the outstanding work of our design and development team who continue to push the bounders of innovation.”
“We are especially pleased to win the Eco Award as we believe the Blue Eco Jacket is the positive first step on a long journey to become a more environmentally friendly company.”
Henri Lloyd’s Blue Eco Jacket was chosen from a shortlist of 53 products, nominated from a total of 125 products entered into this year’s prestigious DAME – Design Award METS competition. Also receiving special mentions were three other British companies, all of which are BMF members.
In the marine related software category, Kelvin Hughes received a special mention for its Wiley Nautical Almanac 2009.
McMurdo was recognised in the life saving and safety equipment category for its Fast Find 2010. “This recognition has crowned a very good year for McMurdo. The Fast Find 200 series has sold well in excess of targets around the World,” said Jeremy Harrison from McMurdo.
And in the clothing and crew accessories category the MUSTO Active Base Layer was honoured. John Clementson from Musto commented: “What we’ve created is a sailing specific technical base layer which has been designed to respond to the body for extended periods of high activity. The garments have been engineered with seamless panelling and three different fabric knots for ventilation, protection and organ support.”